Community of the Sisters of the Church

Litany for Advent

Response:
Come to our longing
O God of Eternal Joy.

Reader:
God our Creator,
You have created us in your image
and have placed within us a longing so great
that we hardly dare own it
Give us the courage
to dare to hunger for you with our whole being
so that in hungering for you,
we live for you
loving you in our every breath, thought and action.

Response:
Come to our longing
O God of Eternal Joy.

Reader:
O Christ
You are the immense longing of God
a longing which calls and embarrasses us
in its vulnerability and entirety,
a longing that delights
and terrifies us.
Come, come and confront our poor love
with the humility and recklessness
of your self giving
so that we may abandon all that binds us
and anoint you
with the fearless surrender of our lives.

Response:
Come to our longing
O God of Eternal Joy.

Reader:
O Holy life giving Spirit
You are the joy of Heaven
that longs to fill us,
The might of God
that longs to empower us
The brokenness of God
that longs to restore us
Come,
come to our fears and our reluctance
our apathy and our cowardice
For you can bring life to
the deserts of our hearts
You can bring song to the darkest night

Response:
Come to our longing
O God of Eternal Joy.